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Carpal tunnel--medicine, accupressure, or surgery ?

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Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

The answer depends on many factors, including the severity of symptoms, financial or insurance coverage, work conditions, worries about taking medication or having surgery, the underlying mechanism making symptoms, and more.
You could try to boost your body's healing and avoid activities that worsen it. There is not much sense for immobilization of a joint unless you have a fracture.

In brief: Depends

The answer depends on many factors, including the severity of symptoms, financial or insurance coverage, work conditions, worries about taking medication or having surgery, the underlying mechanism making symptoms, and more.
You could try to boost your body's healing and avoid activities that worsen it. There is not much sense for immobilization of a joint unless you have a fracture.
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Dr. Peter Nefcy
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Splints

Generally the first therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome is wrist splints, particularly at night, and decrease the offending activity (repetitive motion).
If there is no improvement with those measures, then see you doctor for either surgery consult or additional physical therapy.

In brief: Splints

Generally the first therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome is wrist splints, particularly at night, and decrease the offending activity (repetitive motion).
If there is no improvement with those measures, then see you doctor for either surgery consult or additional physical therapy.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Eric Chiang
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Depend on severity

Is it just numbness or tingling or you have significant pain or weakness with gripping and muscle atrophy? Any positive evidence of carpal tunnel with Nerve conduction test or ultrasound? These are important thing to assess.
Treatment can be start with nocturnal wrist splint, NSAIDs and follow by steroid injection, hydro dissection to surgery.

In brief: Depend on severity

Is it just numbness or tingling or you have significant pain or weakness with gripping and muscle atrophy? Any positive evidence of carpal tunnel with Nerve conduction test or ultrasound? These are important thing to assess.
Treatment can be start with nocturnal wrist splint, NSAIDs and follow by steroid injection, hydro dissection to surgery.
Dr. Eric Chiang
Dr. Eric Chiang
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Hand specialist.

Agree with dr higginbotham recommendaton for splints.
Acupuncture is likely to be more beneficial that acupupressure. It would be important to see a hand surgeon to determine the best course of action depending on the severity of the carpal tunnel.

In brief: Hand specialist.

Agree with dr higginbotham recommendaton for splints.
Acupuncture is likely to be more beneficial that acupupressure. It would be important to see a hand surgeon to determine the best course of action depending on the severity of the carpal tunnel.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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